Yesterday I Did Something I Never Thought I Would Do

by Anne Marie Esposito, President and Founder, Sparklefly Candle Company, Inc.

Yesterday, I stepped way outside of my comfort zone. This has been a process I have been following for some time now to overcome my fears. When presented with something I am anxious about, I try to find a way to face it, either head on or through a process. Well, yesterday I faced something that could be compared to being trapped in a room with zombies and spiders. I entered a contest. Not just a contest but the Martha Stewart American Made Contest.

Martha Stewart - American Made 2015 - Nominee Badge

This may not sound like such an amazingly horrifying process to some (many?) of you reading, but for me, it was an achievement just to enter. The thought of putting myself out there, to be judged and most possibly rejected is really scary. The act of asking for the support of family and friends and you, of ASKING is mind-blowing. But, it's important that we put ourselves out there, that we take risks, that we put our trust in the love and friendships that we have built and to understand that it is the courage to do so that makes us a winner and not whether or not we receive the most votes. It is also important to realize that you gain nothing when you do nothing. Nothing is achieved when you stand still.

For those of you that have been with me from the beginning or have invited me into your home for a Sparklefly Candle Party, you know how I always refer to Ms Martha during my presentation from that very first opening night. I set out to make a product that you could easily use to decorate your home and celebrate your everyday. I would say, "I'm no Martha Stewart and you don't have to be either," as I would demonstrate how quick and simple you could create a holiday candle centerpiece that was unique and beautiful and smelled aahmazing. I have been in awe of this woman forever, she is an inspiration to me.

So, I would like to say, don't let anything stop you from going for it. Don't let fear get in the way of your goals, of trying of taking those steps. Surround yourself with good company. Celebrate your everyday. Meditate on your happy. I believe in you.

If you have a few moments and would like to support me, please take a look at my entry to the Martha Stewart American Made Contest and share or comment on my page. The entry period ends on August 31st and only those chosen by the American Made team will move forward into the Public Voting period which starts on September 14, 2015.

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